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Mow-mentum: 8 items for your summer home maintenance to-do list

Summer’s for getting away, having fun in the sun, relaxing with a cold beverage. But while it’s nice to take a vacation from home maintenance, methodically tackling a summer to-do list will ensure that your house...

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That rotten egg smell could be a sign of a natural gas leak in your home

In July 2017, a natural gas explosion in Manor Township, Lancaster County, killed a UGI worker, injured three other people, and destroyed a home. Four other nearby homes had to be condemned. “I just saw pieces of...

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After flood waters recede, dangerous mold often is left behind

Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 established itself as the worst rainfall disaster in American history. It dumped some 33 trillion gallons of water along the Gulf of Mexico. The Washington Post illustrated the enormity...

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Can you dig it? Call 811 before any digging project

It might be as simple as planting a tree or something a little more involved, such as building a deck. Whether you're a homeowner or professional contractor, if you're digging with powered equipment, you first must...

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Beware the lint trap: clean regularly to avoid dryer fires

A Google search of "dryer fire" readily yielded three incidents that occurred within one month of each other: In Lock Haven, Pa., a dryer fire destroyed the home of a 34-year-old man who had lived there most of his...

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Top of mind: When do you need to replace your roof?

In early 1963, The Drifters had a big hit with the song, "Up On The Roof," which began: When this old world starts getting me down
/And people are just too much for me to face/
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
/...

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One in 15 homes in U.S. has a radon problem: does yours?

In 2014, a home in Lehigh County, Pa., was found to have the highest radon level ever recorded in the United States. The concentration was more than 900 times greater than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's...

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To keep your home safe, water your cut Christmas tree daily and keep it away from heat sources

In January 2015, a massive fire in Annapolis, Md., claimed the lives of a couple and their four grandchildren, ages 6 to 8. In the mansion's great room stood a 15-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree that had been lit 24...

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When dog bites man, your homeowners insurance could bite back

Welcoming a dog into your home comes with a long checklist of considerations, from leashes and food dishes to potty training and socializing. One other item that bears significant thought is insurance liability should...

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How to build an emergency supply kit

Fifty-two percent of Americans don't have copies of crucial personal documents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty-eight percent don't have emergency supplies; 44 percent don't have...

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Get your family ready in the event of an emergency evacuation

Hurricane Matthew left a trail of devastation in its wake, claiming more than 1,000 lives in Haiti and at least 33 in the United States. The Category 5 storm also caused billions of dollars in property damage. Florida...

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Odds are you won’t be struck by lightning, but these steps can keep your family even safer

Benjamin Franklin was in Philadelphia when, with the help of a key and a kite, he proved that electricity and lightning were one and the same. It also was in the City of Brotherly Love that Franklin invented the...

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Tough bounces: trampoline use comes with high risk of injury and potential homeowner liability

Trampolines have their ups and downs - and that's the problem. While jumping and somersaulting has enormous appeal to children, the danger associated with landing improperly has led the American Academy of Pediatrics...

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Take stock of your stuff with a home inventory

Digital photography, particularly with the advent of smart phones, has made us a culture of camera buffs. By one accounting, people upload an average of 1.8 billion digital images every day. We photograph our friends...

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Off-season is the perfect time for 5 maintenance and safety tips for your wood-burning fireplace

Even as winter winds down and warmer weather beckons, it's a perfect time to think about preventive maintenance for your fireplace. By planning ahead, you'll be in great shape when the need for heat returns in the fall....

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6 tips to keep your home safe while you’re on vacation

Swimsuit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Peace of mind knowing that everything is safe and secure at home while you're on vacation? Better double-check. July and August are the most popular months for vacations - and for...

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